Immigration judges to be posted in 12 key cities to accelerate deportations

News agency Reuters revealed Saturday the Department of Justice is currently finalizing plans to temporarily send judges from other jurisdictions to administer deportation cases in 12 cities nationwide.

It remains unclear how many judges will be required to address what is expected to be a larger volume of deportation cases; however, it is known the cases the additional judges will weigh revolve around immigrants with criminal records.

Cities with a larger concentration of illegal immigrants, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New Orleans, Baltimore, Phoenix, El Paso and Harlingen, Texas, Omaha, Neb., Bloomington, Minn., and Imperial, Calif. are among the jurisdictions where additional judges will be sent.

According to statistics provided by the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review, the 12 cities listed in the plan will face roughly half of the 18,000 total illegal immigration cases nationwide.

A January executive order signed by President Trump spelled out Justice Department priorities concentrating on illegal immigrants with criminal records or immigrants with pending charges whether the cases have been resolved or not.

Although illegal immigration cases are normally administered by the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security had asked for the temporary use of judges.

Neither the Justice Department nor DHS publicly commented on the matter.

The move to reassign judges temporarily signals a retreat from Obama-era immigration policy, which preoccupied itself with illegal immigrants involved with serious criminal offenses.

 

[Reuters] [Photo courtesy Scott Olson/Getty Images via Zimbio]